Coastal 'future proofing' urged

The Rhossili area was hit by Winter storms. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Trust says a clear UK-wide strategy is "urgently needed" to help future-proof coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather.

The Trust, one of the UK's biggest coastal owners, says many of its sites have been "battered" by storms and "hit hard" by high tides this winter.

Part of the footpath down to the golden sands of Rhossili on Gower, South Wales - recently voted the UK's best beach - has been washed away by storms.

The National Trust was founded in 1895, with its first acquisition a small area of coastal cliff around Barmouth in Gwynedd.